Apple Music Adds Resident Advisor Podcast Amid ‘Ongoing Demand For Quality Dance Music’

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Maya Jane Coles, whose RA Podcast mix is live on Apple Music. Photo Credit: Jennifer Iliffe

After launching “a series of 24 exclusive DJ mixes” and subsequently rolling out DJ mixes in spatial audio, Apple Music has officially added Resident Advisor’s podcast to its library.

Apple Music announced the arrival of the electronic music news platform’s podcast via a formal release today. The RA Podcast debuted in 2006 and has since brought north of 800 mixes to fans, including work from the likes of Jamie Jones, Four Tet, Peggy Gou, and Steffi, to name some.

Now, “a selection” of the long-running podcast’s archive – consisting of 15 installments, per the involved parties, though just 12 of the episodes were live on the streaming service at the time of this writing – has made its way onto Apple Music.

Professionals including Dixon, Honey Dijon, Joy Orbison, and Amelie Lens created these initial mixes, and Resident Advisor (which partnered with Spotify back in 2020) and Apple Music made clear their plans to “share a new batch of mixes from the archive every month.”

Addressing the underlying agreement in a statement, Stephen Campbell, Apple Music’s global head of dance and electronic, noted the “ongoing demand for quality dance music.”

“Spotlighting mixes from legendary DJs at pivotal moments in their careers, the RA archive of DJ Mixes is an amazing collection spanning over two decades of Dance music,” said the nearly three-year team member at Apple’s music streaming service. “With the ongoing demand for quality dance music, we are excited to bring DJ mixes from one of the genre’s most respected names to Apple Music subscribers around the world.”

In addition to zeroing in on the electronic space amid the return of crowd-based entertainment (and festivals such as EDC Las Vegas), Apple Music is taking a page out of Amazon Music’s book by leaning into country music in an effort to attract subscribers.

To be sure, the Spotify competitor last month enlisted country stars Carrie Underwood and Tenille Townes to record three tracks apiece (including two total covers) at its “new state-of-the-art studios in Nashville, Tennessee.”

These songs, in turn, became available solely to the platform’s subscribers, and notwithstanding long-term plans to bring the series to genres besides country, the service indicated that it had “a host of incredible country artists already lined up.”

Apple Music subsequently revealed that it would offer fans an exclusive livestream performance from Luke Combs towards August’s conclusion, having previously featured concerts from Mary J. Blige and Lil Durk in 2022.